The Guerrilla Film Challenge is one of the world’s oldest and largest online film competitions. It pits students and first-time filmmakers against experienced veterans and industry professionals in a race against the clock to write, shoot, edit and deliver a complete short film in 48 hours or less. Teams are encouraged to improvise, adapt and overcome all creative limitations using ‘guerrilla’ style tactics and techniques. All teams who enter will be randomly assigned a genre, line of dialogue, action or prop, which must be featured in their film – then they’re off! Teams will have 48 hours to deliver a complete film, with genre’s ranging from Horror, to Action/Adventure, Comedy, Westerns and Sci-Fi, to name a few. The winning team takes home a $5,000 grand prize.
New This Year: For the first time in event history the GFC will feature “OPEN DATES” – This means that filmmakers can choose to start their personal 48 Hr clock at any time during the competition window. “In the 9 year history of this event, flexible dates has been the single biggest request that we have gotten each year” says event Co-Founder Nick Burch. “We are so happy to be able to finally make it a reality. There is now a 10 day stretch for creating films so filmmakers can choose the time that is right for them… We see when you start being a part of the strategy and the fun.” – This also allows filmmakers to enter multiple films if they wish.
Entries are judged by a panel of industry-experts across a spectrum of categories with creativity and originality weighted most heavily. The invaluable experience and varying backgrounds of the judging panel ensures that only the best of the best are awarded top prizes, regardless of budget or quality of equipment used. Past celebrity judges include Ghostbuster, actor and director, Ernie Hudson, comedy legend Dick Smothers and star of stage and screen, Audrey Landers, to name a few.
In addition to the grand prize the event culminates in a screening and awards ceremony held at a movie theater. Last year’s screening sold out at the the world famous Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX
The Guerrilla Film Challenge was created to motivate filmmakers and creatives to ‘get out there and start creating!’ By providing a framework and strict timetable, participants are forced to throw out all excuses and focus on the craft of making film, all the while enduring ‘real world’ pressures such as teamwork organization, leadership, compromise and tight deadlines. “You can’t make a diamond without pressure. We designed this challenge to force people to realize that there are no limitations to what you can do if you just give yourself the opportunity.” Says Clint Weldon, Co-Founder of the event.
The results are often astounding. Those who’ve never picked up a camera might discover that they were born to direct while the most seasoned professionals can crumble under the pressures of such an unforgiving timetable. This may partly explain how the event has grown from a small, local contest into a global challenge spanning six continents with thousands of participants annually.
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